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No Rain Falls In Australia For First Time In History As Fires Continue To Rage

Experts believe yesterday, November 11, may have been Australia’s driest day since weather records began 137 years ago. A forecast map for Monday showed zero rainfall predicted for the entire mainland of Australia, with just small amounts expected in Tasmania. Today, the Bureau of Meteorology confirmed that just about every single part of the country

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Experts believe yesterday, November 11, may have been Australia’s driest day since weather records began 137 years ago.

A forecast map for Monday showed zero rainfall predicted for the entire mainland of Australia, with just small amounts expected in Tasmania.

Today, the Bureau of Meteorology confirmed that just about every single part of the country remained dry.

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A spokesperson said, via MailOnline:

While it remained dry across most of Australia, during the 24 hours to 9am today rainfall was recorded in locations in both Victoria and Tasmania.

In Victoria, totals were mostly below 3 mm (5 mm at Ferny Creek). Some over 10 mm in Tasmania.

If there had been no rain at all, it would have been the first time in Australia’s history.

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The spokesperson continued:

The team can’t comprehensively identify a day in our records where there hasn’t been rain somewhere on continental Australia.

The spectacularly dry day comes after residents living near bushland in Sydney were warned to prepare for evacuation as the city faces an ‘unprecedented level of bushfire danger’.

Sydney is currently facing ‘catastrophic’ conditions, with many weather experts fearing heights of 37°C, combined with high speed winds and low levels of humidity, could lead to the ‘perfect sandstorm’.

The Army is currently on standby, ready to get helicopters out to evacuate endangered residents who are living in the 100,000 homes believed to be at risk, amid warnings of ‘the most dangerous bushfire week the nation has ever seen’.

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On Monday, the Rural Fire Service said:

Some fires may start and spread so quickly there is little time for a warning, so do not wait and see.

There are simply not enough fire trucks for every house. If you call for help, you may not get it. Do not expect a firetruck. Do not expect a knock on the door. Do not expect a phone call. Your safest option will always be to leave early.

RFS commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said 50 fires were burning across New South Wales and around 25 of them were uncontained.

At the time of writing, none of the fires have reached the emergency level, however Fitzsimmons says he expects some to do so today, November 12, as a result of the ‘catastrophic’ conditions.

Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by the fires.

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Wild Koala Population ‘Will Never Recover’ From Australian Bushfires

An expert fears Australia’s wild koala population will never recover, after crippling bushfires killed more than 2,000 and destroyed 1% of their habitat. New South Wales (NSW) has been ravaged by bushfires over the past weeks, with 90 blazes said to still be burning – half of which are uncontained. The number of fires has

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An expert fears Australia’s wild koala population will never recover, after crippling bushfires killed more than 2,000 and destroyed 1% of their habitat.

New South Wales (NSW) has been ravaged by bushfires over the past weeks, with 90 blazes said to still be burning – half of which are uncontained.

The number of fires has been described as ‘unprecedented’ – as such, the NSW upper house inquiry held an urgent meeting into the state’s koala population, which heard that they ‘will probably never find the bodies’ due to the extensive destruction of their habitats.

Talking at the inquiry today, December 9, Nature Conservation Council ecologist Mark Graham said that koalas, in nature, don’t have the ‘capacity to move fast enough to get away’ from raging crown fires.

Graham added, as per the MailOnline

We’ve lost such a massive swathe of known koala habitat that I think we can say without any doubt there will be ongoing declines in koala populations from this point forward.

The fires have burnt so hot and so fast that there has been significant mortality of animals in the trees, but there is such a big area now that is still on fire and still burning that we will probably never find the bodies.

North East Forest Alliance president and ecologist Dailan Pugh will add later today that up to a third of NSW’s koala population may have already been lost as a result of the bushfires.

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Cate Faehrmann, Greens MP and chair of the inquiry, said this should be the spark required for stronger conservation efforts. In a statement, she said: ‘Hearing that we have lost up to a third of koala habitat and more than 2,000 koalas on the north coast is utterly devastating and should be a wake-up call for this government.’

The recent bushfires have seen a renewed call for the Australian government to enact the Koala Protection Act, written in 2016 but still to be put into action. Based on the US Bald Eagle Protection Act, it would help to protect koala habitats and eucalyptus trees – a main staple of a koala’s diet – as well as protecting the creatures.

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As authorities continue in their efforts to pacify the blazes, the public are doing whatever they can to assist – including one grandma, who ran in to a raging fire in Port Macquarie to rescue Lewis the Koala. 

While the hospital did everything in their power to treat him (he suffered burns to his hands, feet, arms and the inside of his legs), he sadly passed away as a result of his injuries.

Since 2012, Koalas have been listed as a ‘vulnerable’ species on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List.

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Hundreds Plan Protests Calling For Cop Who Stoned A Wombat To Death To Be Fired

A South Australian police officer laughed as he stoned a wombat to death. However, after authorities said he won’t be charged, furious animal lovers are ready to protest.  The horrific footage emerged in October this year, showing Senior Community Constable Waylon Johncock running down a road topless, throwing large stones at the defenceless animal.  While

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A South Australian police officer laughed as he stoned a wombat to death. However, after authorities said he won’t be charged, furious animal lovers are ready to protest. 

The horrific footage emerged in October this year, showing Senior Community Constable Waylon Johncock running down a road topless, throwing large stones at the defenceless animal. 

While Australian Police Commissioner Grant Stevens initially called the officer’s actions ‘totally abhorrent and unacceptable’, an internal investigation by the Department of Public Prosecutions ruled on Friday, December 6, that Johncock will not be charged.

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However, people haven’t taken well to the news: two protest events have popped up on Facebook, both set to take place Adelaide. One is titled: ‘PROTEST FOR PROSECUTION’, the other is called: ‘Justice For Wombats. Protest Against Waylon Johncock Outcome.’

They’ve attracted a surge of members, with people from as far as Queensland and Newcastle (in New South Wales) offering their help, whether it be via posters or contacting their local MPs.

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One angry user wrote: ‘There are 300+ members here. Who will protest Sunday 15th/ Monday 16th at midday? City police HQ.’

While Stevens conceded that the footage will be distressing to viewers, an Aboriginal leader said Johncock didn’t do anything wrong, explaining that throwing rocks at wombats was ‘one of many methods’ locals people used to kill them for food.

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Wirangu-Kokatha Aboriginal elder Jack Johncock told ABC

It’s easy for people to sit back and judge people. This has been part of our culture and the way we’ve gone about it for thousands of years.

For the people of the west coast of South Australia, the wombat is a big part of their diet and they’ll get wombat any way they can.

Yet, in the footage, there’s no indication the officer planned on actually consuming the animal. Ngarrindjeri elder Major Sumner told the MailOnline that the officer’s method was ‘wrong’, saying: ‘We didn’t hunt like that. We still don’t hunt like that.’

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As the video spread like wildfire online, Stevens explained that ‘South Australia Police received an unprecedented number of telephone calls, emails and social media comments demanding a response to this issue’.

However, while the clip is ‘disturbing’, Stevens told 7News

Whilst distressing to many who viewed the video, it has been established the Senior Community Constable’s actions were not inconsistent with traditional hunting practices.

It is clear from the outpouring of emotions that some may question the outcome of this investigation. I can reassure everyone that the most thorough of investigations has been undertaken in this matter.

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Extremely Rare Snake With Silver Skin Spotted In Aussie Woman’s Backyard

A woman in Australia found one of the world’s deadliest snakes in her back garden, but it was hardly recognisable. The one-and-a-half-metre Eastern Brown snake was photographed at the home in East Cessnock, New South Wales on Wednesday, but the residents living there had absolutely no idea it was a venomous snake hiding beneath a

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A woman in Australia found one of the world’s deadliest snakes in her back garden, but it was hardly recognisable.

The one-and-a-half-metre Eastern Brown snake was photographed at the home in East Cessnock, New South Wales on Wednesday, but the residents living there had absolutely no idea it was a venomous snake hiding beneath a silvery grey skin.

According to Paul Hampton, captain of the Cessnock Rescue Squad who captured the creature, some brown snakes turn grey just before shedding, which would explain the completely unrecognisable colour of the reptile.

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Speaking to Daily Mail Australia, Hampton said:

They get quite a lot of different colour variations and just before they shed they get a silvery colour.

It’s the second most venomous land snake in the world.

He went on to say that the woman had accidentally stepped on the snake, which had been carrying a mouse in its mouth.

She called the rescue group who came to collect the reptile before releasing it into a bush.

Hampton warned that people should always assume the worst when it comes to snakes.

He told the publication:

Don’t try and identify them. Just assume all snakes are venomous and stay away from them.

Eastern brown snakes are regularly found around Australia’s east coast and can grow up to two and a half metres in size. One nasty nip from one of these wriggly fellas can lead to paralysis, renal failure or cardiac arrest. There is also the very real possibility of a bite proving fatal.

They are responsible for killing more people than any other species of snake. 35 snake bite deaths were reported between 2000 and 2016 and 23 of them belonged to Eastern browns.

Back in 2017, a couple from Brisbane peeled back their bed covers to find an Eastern brown snake hiding in their bed.

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Fortunately, Stewart Lalor was able remove the poisonous creature form the suburban home without anyone getting hurt.

Sharing capture on Facebook, Lalor wrote:

Called out to a property in Murrarie where a brown snake was discovered in a customers bedroom. Not exactly the best place to encounter a highly venomous snake.

The eastern brown snake ranks as the second most venomous land snake on the planet. Fortunately these guys have no interest in humans and are only dangerous when interacted with, however in a situation like this the outcome could have been unfavourable.

It was safely removed and relocated away from any properties, always remember to leave snakes alone and call a professional snake catcher to deal with the situation.

All I can say is I’ve never been happier to live in England.

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